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Politics Election 2020 live updates: Trump acknowledges Biden 'won,' repeats false claims about 'rigged' election

16:55  15 november  2020
16:55  15 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Trump acknowledges Biden 'won,' repeats claims about 'rigged' election

President Donald Trump for the first time acknowledged his Democratic opponent Joe Biden won the presidential election, though he repeated his false claims that the race was  "rigged" by Democrats.

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"He won because the Election was Rigged," Trump tweeted. He went on to repeat a claim about election observers not being allowed to watch the vote count, decry alleged media bias, and allude to a discredited claim that a company behind the vote tabulation in some states somehow contributed to his loss.

Trump has refused to concede since the vote count put the race out of reach for him and the election was called for President-elect Biden. His administration has also refused to work with Biden's transition team, blocking the release of funds to help smooth the incoming administration's path and preventing Biden from receiving the daily security briefings a president-elect would normally be entitled to.

Despite the tweet acknowledging Biden's win, Trump continued to post tweets about unsubstantiated claims that fraud or irregularities cost him the election. And he insisted he doesn't intend to concede.

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"He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING!" Trump said in another tweet. "We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!"

The president has launched a series of legal challenges but most have so far been thrown out by the courts.

On Saturday, Trump said his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani would be leading his continued efforts to challenge the election results.

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Republican leaders in Michigan and three other critical states won by President-elect Joe Biden say they won't participate in a legally dubious scheme to flip their state's electors to vote for President Donald Trump. Their comments effectively shut down a half-baked plot some Republicans floated as a last chance to keep Trump in the White House.

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State GOP lawmakers in Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have all said they would not intervene in the selection of electors, who ultimately cast the votes that secure a candidate's victory. Such a move would violate state law and a vote of the people, several noted.

"I do not see, short of finding some type of fraud — which I haven't heard of anything — I don't see us in any serious way addressing a change in electors," said Rusty Bowers, Arizona's Republican House speaker.

Bowers said he's been inundated with emails pleading for the legislature to intervene. "They are mandated by statute to choose according to the vote of the people," he said.

The idea loosely involves GOP-controlled legislatures dismissing Biden's popular vote wins in their states and opting to select Trump electors. While the endgame was unclear, it appeared to hinge on the expectation that a conservative-leaning Supreme Court would settle any dispute over the move.

Still, it has been promoted by Trump allies, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and is an example of misleading information and false claims fueling skepticism among Trump supporters about the integrity of the vote.

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Counter-protesters clash with Trump supporters after DC rally

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of people clad in red, white and blue rallied and marched in support of outgoing President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Saturday afternoon to protest supposed "voter fraud" in the 2020 presidential election. But as night fell, skirmishes between protesters and counter-protesters broke out across the city.

At least 20 people had been arrested as of Saturday evening on a variety of charges, including assault and weapons possession, The Associated Press reported. One stabbing was reported, two police officers were injured and several firearms were also recovered by police.

The crowd was largely protesting "voter fraud," to "show support for our President" and to "preserve the integrity of the vote," according to various event pages. Trump has refused to concede and leveled baseless allegations of voter fraud to falsely claim the election was stolen from him.

Most of the rally participants were not wearing face masks, which help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The massive crowd, filled with red Make America Great Again hats and large flags with Trump’s name, was an unusual site in the nation’s capital, a liberal city. Biden won D.C with 93% of the vote

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A group of several dozen people – many wearing all black – moved through the streets, targeting anyone in Trump attire. A group of Trump supporters were dining at P.J. Clarke's near the White House when someone launched a firework at them, which exploded near a couple's table as they walked away.

– Christal Hayes, N'dea Yancey-Bragg and Grace Hauck

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